How about the reliability? My I-6 is going on 229,000 and runs strong, I have even heard of some I-6's lasting as long as 300,000. Whats the average with the V8? What are the common problems? Thanks -BB
-1989 Jeep Cherokee Laredo
-3" Pro Comp Lift
-31X10.50" Goodyear MT/R's
-Limited-Slip rear D.
-Draw-Tite 9,000lbs Front Receiver
-Draw-Tite Rear Hitch
Well the 5.2L is a Dodge Engine and has been around forever. Grant it Chrysler went through a stupid phaze in the late 70s, 80s, and early 90s when their quality was rather poor on their vehicles, (the Caravan and Jeep and Cummins Diesel Trucks were the only things to keep Chrysler afloat more or less) but I have heard of 5.2L equiped GCs with well over 200,000 miles on them before, and I'm sure there are alot of old Trucks out there with the 5.2L in it with alot of miles. The 5.2 was a great engine, almost bullet proof much like the Chevy 350 (5.7L) Same with the dodge, 5.9L And as noted, the 4.0 seems to be a very reliable engine as well, with many people reaching well over 200,000 miles sometimes even close to 300,000 before the engine throws a rod or dies out.
My current 99 WJ is a 4.0L I6. I would recommend the V8. I have done some performance mods (Mike Leach header, K&N filter, high flow exhaust w/cat) and it still seems slightly underpowered at times. It's ok if you don't tow/haul full loads of people all the time. If you live in the mountains you will also not like the fact it does more shifting back & forth on hills. My parents had an '00 V8 & now have an '03 V8. I've driven both..... gas mileage is the same as mine & much better power. I won't buy anything but a V8 now if I get another Jeep.
The 4.0L was a much better base engine for 1993-98, but with the second-generation 1999-up GC's being larger and weighing more, it probably does feel a bit more anemic. It's time for a more updated engine -- an engine similar to the 270hp six in the Envoy.
Here's an idea -- let's see a Hemi 4.0L as the new base engine!
Cape Canaveral, Florida
2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7L
2005 Dodge Durango SLT 4.7L
Dude, this is the fastest car I ever owned (owned a 70 cougar with 390 sixpackonce). Smoked a firebird the other day... And when we go camping we bring everything. 700 pounds of stuff.....
There is no difference, a six would lagg I know it. Also, from what I heard the gass milage is about even
No way I am doing this
S4W, Rancho 9000x, 265/70/R17 BFG AT KOs, OME Steering Stabelizer, ORGS Super Nerfs Rock Sliders, Rancho Remote, FIPK, AEV Rack, Cobra 75 WX CB, 4' Firestik Antenna, Addco Rear Sway Bar, JKS quicker Disconnects, Addco Front Sway Bar, Trail Ready Rear & Front Bumpers, Piaa Drive Lights (510 Series), Warn Winch, Kolak Exhaust
Think about how you are going to use your JEEP, Think about your Enivornment. For hills and acceleration factors I recommend the V8, but from a finanical side and long travel I recommend the V6. Remember ultimately you make to decision (GET THE V8).
2001 Grand Cherokee Limited - WJ